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Working old connections for new opportunities

George Slater used existing connections to land an internship with a bank in his native Indiana. He offers these reflections on his internship experience:

My name is George Slater, and I am currently an MBA student at the Quinlan School of Business. I recently received an internship at my local community bank close to my house in Merrillville Indiana. Centier Bank, where I am interning, has been a family owned community bank for the past 125 years, they are currently valued at $3 billion and growing about 10 percent a year.

My current position is with a new department that the bank has titled Corporate Services; in this department I am working with the VP to grow the corporate benefit plan portfolio for the bank. This internship intrigued me the most because the department is growing and the job functions would be very entrepreneurial. The internship for the last 3 weeks has required a lot of planning, collaboration, and strategy. I am very excited to see where this opportunity leads me since the position is requiring me to push my creativity and strategic thinking to grow a new product line in an established bank.

For anyone looking for jobs, or internships my recommendation is to pursue connections that you know through family, past business, or friends. I received this opportunity from reaching out to a connection I made a couple years ago in my old job. Looking for jobs and the right opportunities is not always easy and once I reached out to the connection I remembered, I had an internship a couple weeks later. 

George Slater

Employer: Centier Bank

Title: Corporate Services Intern

Graduation Date: May 2016

Major: MBA 

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